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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Barraclou on 03-17-2006)
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +71.8%

07-03-2014 04:19:25 | More by MasterOfArgos39
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New Brunswick (Canada)

5/5  rDev +71.8%

12-23-2011 22:48:02 | More by Skizem
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +66.7%

was great and you people hatting , must drink junk beers from the usa thats not beer thats horse piss .. if this beer is so bad why is all keiths products in nova scotia sold at every bar and is the one you see signs everywhere for it because its great beer and dont give this idea its cuz its made here we have lots brands made here . its the best brand since 1820

10-05-2013 13:06:02 | More by beerguy1001420
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +64.9%

08-20-2014 23:07:46 | More by lancerific
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4/5  rDev +37.5%

04-06-2013 23:24:44 | More by BKLRIBS
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +37.5%

06-15-2014 23:47:35 | More by DarrenBrule
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +37.5%

12-02-2011 21:59:12 | More by papawu76
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4/5  rDev +37.5%

05-21-2014 05:24:01 | More by Bralis
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +37.5%

12-01-2011 21:48:19 | More by BradnerBoy
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +37.5%

11-21-2011 20:53:24 | More by ElGallo
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +37.5%

11-28-2011 06:04:35 | More by bigox420
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3.98/5  rDev +36.8%

CANned beer from CANada in support of the CANQuest! CAN you believe it?!?

My pour created a lovely two fingers' worth of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lovely deep amber with ruby highlights, in fact closer to deep red than amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight tang along with its malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a raspberry-like sweet/tart flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, still sweet-tart, very tasty. Decent lacing throughout. Frankly, I really liked this and would definitely set some room aside in my cooler for it, if I could get it regularly.

From the CAN: "Using only the finest ingredients, Alexander Keith brewed slowly, carefully, taking the time to get it right. Today, we still brew his Family of Fine Beers his way, only in Nova Scotia. Those who like it, like it a lot."

03-21-2010 18:26:23 | More by woodychandler
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3.95/5  rDev +35.7%

Taken in context this is probably the best brew I've had since arriving in eastern Canada. They advertise 2 cans of this in my box of IPA from Alexander Keiths. It has a reddish hue around the edges and copper in the core. Smell is sweet malts and a subtle baked bread in the distance.

This was very refreshing and has a wonderfully quick snap of bitterness and carbonation to keep it clean and drinkable. The sweetness is mostly up front and reminds me of dark hard candy with some brown sugar. The sweet side is hardly the story here though as a quck fizzy and sharp carbonation holds it together and allows the hops to bring it full circle.

I just hope I can find this at the JK's pool hall tonight. Oh well, If not I can't go wrong with some Alpine or Molson Canadian. This my friends is a winner and would seek this out if I return to this area again soon.

12-28-2007 20:33:31 | More by DogFood11
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3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

12-25-2012 17:20:02 | More by RyGlas
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3.75/5  rDev +28.9%

04-06-2014 23:05:29 | More by mdavidson
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3.73/5  rDev +28.2%

Appearance: dark brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, medium high carbonation, with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I actually really like this. It is a nice and smooth amber and could session it. I think it is the breweries best and think of it as a Canadian treat.

07-31-2009 14:07:08 | More by tigg924
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +24.7%

The appearance is excellent. Dark, reddish and cloudy. Good head. Great cascading color. The smell is sweet and citrusy.

As far as taste goes I found it to be excellent. It's sweet, smooth and goes down great. The mouthfeel was super smooth but a bit flat though.

Overall, this is a great Canadian beer that I would order any time I get the chance to. It's a great red.

11-11-2007 22:40:55 | More by KenOnBass
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Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev +20.6%

Alexander Keith's Brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820 and is therefore one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is owned by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Keith's produces an India Pale Ale, Red Amber Ale, Premium White, Light Ale, and Keith's Dark Ale previously known as Stag's Head Stout for Canadian beer drinkers. Keith's also produces its Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Nova Scotia Style Lager, and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale for the US market. Keith's has also produced a Harvest Ale, and Tartan Ale as seasonal brews.

On this occasion we sampled Keith's Red Amber Ale which is 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

This is a great looking ale which pours a beautiful mahogany colour, with about 2 centimeters of off white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some lacing down the glass. There isn't much of an aroma to it, just a faint sweet malt. The Red Amber Ale ("RAA") is lightly carbonated with a light/medium body. The taste is respectable with a slightly sweet malt coming through and a clean finish. In all, there is certainly nothing offensive about RAA, but aside from the beautiful colour, nothing to really distinguish it either. I would certainly drink it again, but there's just not enough here to elevate it into the ranks of my favourites.

04-17-2014 22:44:46 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-05-2012 06:35:01 | More by djcreepshow
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

10-26-2013 00:26:34 | More by MJ63
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-06-2012 17:38:41 | More by ThinkAgain
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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

I have tasted this beer at the brewery itself from tap. I also had this beer from bottle and there is a distinct difference between the two. The draught version was more aromatic, more hop flavor and more depth.

Color was reddish, brown with a small lasting head.

Smell was little citric, grapefruit. According to the guy from the tour, Cascade hop are used for this one.

Taste is caramellic and fresh fruity, there are some floral and fruity notes. Bitterness is low and the beer is very easy to drink. The biggest difference with the bottled version is the depth of the beer. This is more complex, but certainly has a definate macro taste.

08-11-2006 15:51:12 | More by Absumaster
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-27-2014 01:17:22 | More by JasonThaler
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

02-26-2014 05:41:50 | More by celticcanuck
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-16-2012 03:18:29 | More by MylesMac
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